FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 2, 2017
The City of Kansas City, Missouri, will share its Smart City successes at a national workshop next month in Charlotte, N.C.
KCMO is one of 10 cities invited to participate in “Envision America 2017,” an event which seeks to challenge America’s cities to become smarter by accelerating deployment of innovative technologies that tackle energy, water, waste and air challenges.
Envision America 2017 is a nationwide nonprofit supported by the White House in 2015. The workshop will take place March 6-8. Other participating cities include: Jackson, Miss., San Antonio, Wichita, Kan., Providence, R.I., Burlington, Vt., Detroit, Chula Vista, Calf., Greensboro, N.C., and Long Beach, Calif.
During the workshop these cities will collaborate with industry, academic experts and entrepreneurs to develop new strategies to help implement “smart” projects in their city.
Kansas City launched its Smart City initiatives in May 2016, alongside the KC Streetcar’s downtown route.
Kansas City is the world’s most connected Smart City thanks to the installation of cutting-edge technologies which will improve everyday experiences for residents. The more than $15 million public-private partnership is one of the first economic development projects credited to the City’s modern streetcar, which is free and open to the public.
Smart City initiatives are helping the City of Kansas City use real-time data to deliver basic services more efficiently and will attract economic development & entrepreneurs. With interactive kiosks (see locations), free public WiFi, smart streetlights and sensors, it is a new experience for those who live, work and play in Kansas City.
Kansas City will be represented by Chief Innovation Officer Bob Bennett, City Engineer Jeff Martin and Special Assistant City Manager Andy Shively.
For more information please contact Chief Innovation Officer Bob Bennett or 816-513-6546.